Some time ago I was inspired to try filling a whole page with doodles after reading Michael Richard’s lovely blog A Certain Line (I couldn’t find the exact post…)
I found it a really enjoyable way of starting (or ending) the day – a mixture of drawing what’s around me and drawing characters from my imagination.
This February I decided to do it every day (though I missed a couple through tiredness/forgetfulness). It acted as a bit of a warm-up before starting work on something more focused.
It felt less pressured than doing ‘A drawing a day’ because it was looser; I unashamedly scribbled to fill spaces on the page. Now it’s becoming something that I’ll just do when I get to my desk without having to remind myself.
(And, as the top picture makes it look as if I work in a white and uncluttered space, I’m adding this unedited snap of what my studio looked like yesterday morning.)
Late night doodle…turns out that twelve year olds are invaluable when it comes to researching (and writing an essay on) the Needs of Kittens!
Today I found 7 different grasses just walking through the garden to my studio (we don’t mow the grass very often).
I used them to experiment with making very quick drawings, looking closely at the grasses but trying not to look at the page. I didn’t worry about accuracy or detail.
Then I tried drawing in the same way with colours I wouldn’t normally combine…
…and ended up with green paint and a pencil/pastel line.
I really enjoyed focusing on the process instead of the end result, and just seeing what happened. I think I could have repeated this experiment with different subject matter all day…
I thought I’d try something darker than usual for Friday’s colour_collective on twitter…
So I drew on a painted sheet with graphite pencils, then added a little colour with conté pastel pencils.
And I really really enjoyed playing around and experimenting!
It’s definitely balaclava weather in England (even for alpacas).
Even I thought this pumpkin soup was bland…
Gloomy walk to school this morning after news of last night’s election results.
You can never have too many balaclavas. Even my Dad wears one now.